Philippine Myth: The Origin of Turnips

The Philippine myth on how the Filipino term for “turnip” came to be is a quite an amusing myth. It symbolizes how the conquered and the conqueror can sometimes unknowingly help each other to resolve an issue. In this case, the myth tells how the native tuber “SIngkamas” was finally christened by Spaniards and Filipinos without knowing it.

The Folklore About Tabaco, Albay

Though provoked, some people have the discipline and propensity to choose peace than violence. A man from Tabaco, Albay in Legaspi City, according to a folklore, showed this character though faced with a perceived threat. This folklore says, raised up in a culture of bladed weapons, the man still opted for a peaceful resolution of a sensitive situation.

The Myth on the First Man and Woman

The Philippine myth on how humans came to be is a good example of how necessities become the mother of invention or creation. And also, how incidental things can lead to major events, as lead roles in a theater play depend on the roles of supporting casts. Life, implies this myth, operates in the interaction of minor and major events, minor and major players.

The Philippine Myth on Maria and the Crab

A mother’s undying and boundless love for her child—this is a favorite theme of countless Filipino stories and TV soap operas. Filipino families being closely-knitted together, a Philippine myth on Maria and the Crab would be a best selling hit. It focuses on the unfailing love of a mother for a child, even taking this to spiritual extremes.